Creative Scotland has announced that Independent Arts Projects (IAP) will be one of the organisations supported to deliver participative arts projects across Scotland through the Culture Collective Fund.

Culture Collective is a pilot programme which will establish a network of creative practitioners, organisations and communities, working together to create a positive difference locally and nationally in response to COVID-19.

IAP  will collaborate with disabled people and their communities to co-design a programme of sensory arts projects for those who experience multiple barriers to access to mainstream arts activities.

We will create and adapt performance-based projects made specifically for and with Autistic individuals, those labelled as having complex disabilities, and those living with dementia.

We’ll be employing a diverse group of six artists part time for a year to work with local disabled participants and their families and building new partnerships with organisations, local authorities and individuals across Scotland to bring creative opportunities and activities to Fife, Glasgow, Perth & Kinross, Highland, Aberdeenshire and Edinburgh.

Creative Scotland’s announcement:

If you identify as disabled and would like to know more about our plans as they develop, in the second half of 2021, you can sign up for updates here:

If you’re an artist and would like to hear more about these opportunities as they are announced, you can sign up to our mailing list here. We’d especially like to hear from artists who identify as disabled or neurodivergent.

You can also get in touch with us through our Contact Us page.

Image credit: Brian Hartley/Stillmotion
Pictured: a young person and performer Shiori Usui in Sound Symphony by Ellie Griffiths